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如何把名词形式的 'Nothing' 翻译成中文 How to translate the English noun form of Nothing into Chinese?

Here are 2 English sentences, both have the word 'Nothing' in it in the noun form. I am wondering if it can be translated into Chinese while preserving as much of its original meaning as possible. ...
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How to translate 脑袋短路 into English?

I would ask this on ELL but I honestly have no idea how to express this in English. Online translation give "brain short circuit", which sounds more like terminology than self-mockery. I am ...
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How do you say “You mean …?” to respond to what you don't understand enough?

In English, it is common to ask "You mean XXX...?" when a person does not understand enough what the conversation opponent said. I'm now in China, and to express the same thing I usually say ...
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A guy looked at me in the bathroom, what should I have said

You know those situations where you think back on the situation and wish you would have said something different? Here is one of those. Situation I am a male in my lower 20's and I was using the ...
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How to express giving two people some privacy?

Recently I noticed that a young girl waited for several hours, so as to be able to pass the break with my younger colleague. So my friend and I took a walk outside. Though this is not something I ...
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phrase request: complexity of interpersonal relationships

This has been harder to find than I imagined. I'm looking for any sort of phrase or quote that talks about how, very, complex interpersonal relationships are. The best I've found so far is something ...
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Chinese phrases akin to “back to the grindstone”?

A colorful way to mention you’re going back to work, especially after a break is by saying: back to the grindstone This is just usually plainly, and rather matter of factly, translated as: 回去干活 ...
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What is a polite response to 《很高興認識你》?

I usually say 《我也是》, but it feels like an awkward response, and maybe a bit cold. Is there a common friendly or colloquial response? Thank you!
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Is there a way to say “I respectfully thank you” to familiar elders?

From here. Honorific Verbs Like nouns and proper nouns, some Chinese verbs can also be complemented with an honorific modifier. For example, the verbs 告gào ("to tell"), 还huán ("to ...
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How would you interpret: “你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰”?

How do you interpret the phrase: "你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰" (Nǐ dì měi rú rì; nǐ de zhì ruò māotóuyīng in Mandarin)? I'm trying to say something like: "Your beauty is like the sun; your wisdom is like an owl's"...
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How to give a thinly veiled threat?

I want to know a phrase in Chinese that most native speakers would immediately understand to be a (thinly veiled) threat to their physical safety, very similar to "You had better watch your back" in ...
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Ancient Chinese Saying #437: … 10,000 days for the sword

The English martial arts internet is awash in people reciting 100 days of bare hand, 1,000 days of spear, 10,000 days of sword, unless it's It takes 100 days to learn the spear, 1000 days to learn ...
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What is this proverb?

I met someone who told me a proverb which in English read as follows: Wake up late and you lose the morning. Wake up early and you lose the whole day. She repeated it in Mandarin very quickly ...
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What variant phrases of 五里不同天 exist?

五里不同天 is defined in《广安方言与民俗词典》as: 比喻地区不同,事物就有差异。 I remember long ago hearing that in 福建 they say that the culture changes every nine li, but I never learned the actual phrase. What similar ...
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“How's that sound?” in Mandarin

What would be an appropriate way to end a sentence after making a suggestion/offering an opinion in anticipation of the response? For instance, while talking to a friend, I share something with them ...
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Is there a proverb that means “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”?

Is there a Chinese (Mandarin or Classical Chinese) proverb equivalent to the American proverb "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? I looked it up in the Cambridge English-Traditional Chinese ...
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What does the phrase 'holding in the palm of hands' in chinese mean?

I've read that phrase in a lot of stories and in a lot of different form; could you tell me the official form of that phrase (or maybe idiom) and its meaning?
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How do you say weekend in Chinese using the 星期 form?

I know that weekend in Chinese is generally translated as 周末. Is there a way to say weekend by adding something to 星期 like 星期末? Or the only phrase for weekend is 周末?
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Descriptors for moody teenagers?

There are few common ways to describe moody teenagers, albeit not overly precise: (很)叛逆(期) or 青春(期) I'm wondering if there is anything more colorful to describe these cranky kids?
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Word for banana blossoms in Chinese

This Web Page shows that banana blossoms correspond to what a Chinese friend of mine from Beijing used to call "tall skinny Chinese person" or "long skinny Chinese person". Upon stumbling upon this ...
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How to ask about career intentions/aspirations

I found this helpful post on the site outlining how to ask a child what they want to do/be when they grow up. Examples: 長大後你想做什麼? 你長大後想當什麼? 你长到以后想干什么啊? Are these questions equally appropriate for ...
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Chinese phrase for residency program

I am looking for a phrase in Chinese which means the residency program that physicians go through after graduation from medical school. SEe here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residency_(medicine)
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What is the correct way to ask “How do I get to your school” in Mandarin?

Here my focus is to understand the correct usage of 怎么走 and 到. The English sentence is, "How do I get to your school". This is in terms of asking the directions to reach the school. I found three ...
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What is the Chinese lady in this 5-second video clip saying?

https://streamable.com/e/n5fhft?autoplay=1 I finally cut it out, uploaded and asked about it after wondering about it for years. What is she saying?
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How do you ask “Who is your dad” in Chinese? [duplicate]

I am learning Chinese on Duolingo and recently saw a translation of "Who is your dad?" as 谁是你的爸爸. When I used Google translate I got a similar answer. I have learnt (in the basics) that we put the ...
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How would I say 'what …' in Mandarin

I think the French ce qui/que says it better. This is what I mean: I do what I want. (Je fais ce que je veux, in French) How would the 'what' be translated?